Federal "In-Sourcing": New Rules For Inherently Governmental Functions


On March 31, 2010, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy ("OFPP") issued a proposed rule implementing the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act of 1998 ("FAIR Act"), 31 U.S.C. § 501. See 75 Fed. Reg. 16188. The essential purpose of the FAIR Act is to "provide a process for identifying the functions of the Federal Government that are not inherently governmental functions" and to that end requires all government agencies to conduct inventories of their activities to determine whether they are commercial or "inherently governmental." The FAIR Act defines "inherently governmental function" as "a function that is so intimately related to the public interest as to require performance by Federal Government employees." The proposed policy is intended to implement this broad definition by promulgating a meaningful definition of work which is "inherently governmental" and a policy outlining when work must be reserved for federal employees, i.e., when the functions in question are "inherently governmental."

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